Did You Know CFNY 102.1 Radio Started in Brampton
While most people know Brampton has a storied history—it houses a legendary jail, after all—not everyone knows it once had its very own radio station.
And while that station has evolved to become a very popular TO fixture, it started right here in Canada’s ninth largest city.
In the latest edition of the Brampton Heritage Times, popular radio personality Jeff Chalmers profiles the station and its fascinating history.
Although the article is more than worth a read, we’ll share some fun facts that are of particular interest.
The station, which was started in 1953 by resident Fenn Job, was originally called CFJB. It became CHIC Radio after Job’s untimely death in 1956. CHIC then became CHIC-FM 102.1 courtesy of two brothers - Leslie and Harry Allen Jr, as they would dedicate half of its programming towards local issues and the other half towards serving ethnic communities.
The station was headquartered all throughout Brampton beginning at 2 Ellen Street in downtown and running into 7 George Street South and eventually to 83 Kennedy Road South at Clarence Street.
Fast-forward to the late 1970s and the station became CFNY 102.1 “The Spirit of the Radio,” and was even paid homage through the famous Rush song of the same name. The station was also known for the famous “Humble and Fred” radio show started by Bramptonian Fred Patterson.
The station would ultimately move to Toronto and become the ever-popular 102.1 The Edge, known for playing new rock and alternative music.
Chalmers article really sheds light on an aspect of the Brampton’s history that often gets overlooked.
Check out the full piece here.